A group of New Zealand scientists have launched an ambitious plan to create a New Zealand space centre.
The group plan to have its headquarters in the Central Otago town of Alexandra.
To get the project off the ground they have asked for $15 million to establish the Centre for Space Science Technology.
If the funding bid succeeds, the centre will open in the middle of next year, with the initial aim of gathering New Zealand-specific data that is widely available from other countries’ satellites.
The project is led by Greg Bodeker. He said the most important aspect was making sure the information collected was useful for industry, particularly agriculture.
If all goes well the centre would hope to have New Zealand’s first satellites launched in 2019.